Staff

The MA staff are based in St George Wharf, London

Meet our staff

The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience, who are based at the MA premises in Central London. 

We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.

*part-time

Mark Beattie

MARK BEATTIE JP FBCS 
Interim Chief Executive

Mark sits as a Presiding Justice in both adult and youth court in North London. He was elected Deputy Chair of the MA in October 2020.

BARRY MACLEOD-CULLINANE
Interim Communications, Public Affairs and Policy Manager

Barry manages the policy team and directs the MA's policy work and public affairs.

Direct line: 020 7255 9004
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Bea Crayford - Media and Communications Officer

DR BEA CRAYFORD
Media and Communications Officer *

Bea deals with media enquiries, works with the policy team to co-ordinate the publication of MA responses, manages the MA's social media and is responsible for the MA's fortnightly news bulletin.

Direct line: 020 3937 8850
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Rajen Hindocha - Head of Finance

RAJEN HINDOCHA
Head of Finance

As well as looking after the financial side of the Association, Rajen provides budgeting advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive, a contract management function, and low-level IT support to all staff.

Direct line: 020 7255 9002
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

ZILLAH HOLFORD
Policy & Research Officer (Family & Youth Court)

Zillah supports the work of the MA's Family and Youth Court Committees by researching, developing and implementing MA policies.

Direct line: 020 7255 9009
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

MELODIE HYAMS
Editor of MAGISTRATE *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine, MA website (members' section), MA corporate style and MA images.

Direct line: 020 7255 9008
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Halita Obineche - Director of Membership

HALITA OBINECHE
Director of Membership and Internal Communications

Halita has overall responsibility for the MA’s membership, events, income generation, community activity and publications.

Direct line: 020 7255 9007
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Hattie Stair - Policy and Research Assistant

HATTIE STAIR
Policy & Research Assistant

Hattie supports the work of the Adult Court Committee with research and development of MA policy.

Direct line: 020 7255 9005
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

LISA WHITEHEAD
Membership, MIC & Events Manager

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Susan Williamson - MIC Administrator

SUSAN WILLIAMSON
MIC Administrator *

Susan provides support and administration to the Magistrates in the Community project.

Direct line: 020 7255 9006
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

CÉLESTINE WOODHAM
Membership & Events Assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 7388 5558
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Jude Zendle - Training & Development Officer

JUDE ZENDLE
Training & Development Officer

Jude supports the work of the Training, Learning and Development Committee by researching, developing and implementing MA policies relating to all aspects of magistrates' training.

Direct line: 0207 387 6099
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353